Derek Wang http://kuow.org en EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood http://kuow.org/post/epa-cleans-chemical-house-seattles-green-lake-neighborhood <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove hundreds of containers of hazardous chemicals from a Craftsman home in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:24:38 +0000 Derek Wang & Carolyn Adolph 32217 at http://kuow.org EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood Biggest Needs, Biggest Gaps In Services For Kids Adoped From Foster System http://kuow.org/post/biggest-needs-biggest-gaps-services-kids-adoped-foster-system <p>Children with the biggest needs face the biggest gaps in services, according to a new report about children adopted from the state's foster care system.</p><p>The findings were released Monday by the Washington state auditor's office. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:04:39 +0000 Derek Wang 28578 at http://kuow.org Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free http://kuow.org/post/obama-kenneth-bae-deserves-be-free <p>President Obama said Thursday the United States is still trying to win the release of former Lynnwood, Wash., resident Kenneth Bae from North Korea. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:02:40 +0000 Derek Wang 28348 at http://kuow.org Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free Kenneth Bae And Mom Embrace In Tearful North Korea Hospital Reunion http://kuow.org/post/kenneth-bae-and-mom-embrace-tearful-north-korea-hospital-reunion <p>When Myunghee Bae stepped into the hospital room in North Korea on Friday, she wept as she embraced her son. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:34:50 +0000 Derek Wang 21925 at http://kuow.org Kenneth Bae And Mom Embrace In Tearful North Korea Hospital Reunion SeaTac City Council Signs Off On “Good Jobs Initiative" http://kuow.org/post/seatac-city-council-signs-good-jobs-initiative <p>People in the City of SeaTac could vote this November on an initiative that would create a $15 an hour hour minimum wage for thousands of workers at Sea-Tac airport and other places. The so-called “Good Jobs Initiative” would apply to about 6,500 workers in transportation and hospitality jobs in the City of SeaTac. Tuesday night, the SeaTac City Council decided to allow the measure to go before voters. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:28:11 +0000 Derek Wang & Jamala Henderson 17373 at http://kuow.org SeaTac City Council Signs Off On “Good Jobs Initiative" Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits http://kuow.org/post/bridges-washington-suffer-repeated-hits <p>There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Out of those fracture-critical bridges, at least three others have been struck multiple times in the past five years. Experts say repeated bridge strikes can potentially cause catastrophic problems. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:31:26 +0000 Derek Wang 16538 at http://kuow.org Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect http://kuow.org/post/bridge-toll-rate-hike-takes-effect <p></p><p>New toll rates for the <a href="http://wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/520/520tollrates.htm">Highway 520 floating bridge</a> and the<a href="http://wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/TNBTolling/tnbtollrates.htm"> Tacoma Narrows Bridge</a> take effect July 1. The increase is the latest toll hike and has been part of the plan since the tolls were put on the bridges.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:21:35 +0000 Derek Wang 15783 at http://kuow.org Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling http://kuow.org/post/seattle-same-sex-marriage-supporters-celebrate-doma-ruling <p>Same-sex couples around the Seattle area celebrated Wednesday’s historic ruling from the US Supreme Court that struck down some bans on gay marriage. The ruling spurred some couples to think about making wedding plans, now that they would receive new federal benefits. Others were inspired to apply for a marriage license, or even get married on the historic day. For many, Wednesday started out as a day of anticipation and anxiety and ended as a day of elation. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:42:51 +0000 Derek Wang 15671 at http://kuow.org Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling Truck Driving School Ride Along http://kuow.org/post/truck-driving-school-ride-along <p>It’s been about a month since a truck hauling an oversized load struck an I-5 bridge and sent it plunging into the Skagit River. Truckers have a tough job navigating infrastructure challenges such as obsolete bridges and increasingly congested highways. To learn more about the challenges, KUOW’s Derek Wang went to trucking school.</p><p><strong>Failed Bridges In Washington</strong></p><p>The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/failed-bridges-washingtons-history">Washington's history</a>. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:45:11 +0000 Derek Wang 15408 at http://kuow.org Truck Driving School Ride Along NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse http://kuow.org/post/ntsb-releases-preliminary-report-skagit-river-bridge-collapse <p>Federal investigators released a<a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2013/HWY13MH012_Mt_Vernon_WA_Preliminary.pdf"> preliminary report</a> Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. The report says the driver of the truck that struck the bridge before it fell had moved over closer to the edge of the bridge because of a passing truck. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:19:10 +0000 Derek Wang 14757 at http://kuow.org NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track http://kuow.org/post/temporary-replacement-i-5-skagit-bridge-track <p>The effort to replace the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last month has hit a milestone. On Monday, workers installed the framework for part of a temporary replacement that will eventually support the bridge’s north-bound lanes. There will be a second span to handle south-bound traffic. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:19:43 +0000 Derek Wang 14683 at http://kuow.org Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track Ride Sharing Creates Turmoil For Car Service Businesses http://kuow.org/post/ride-sharing-creates-turmoil-car-service-businesses <p></p><p>You may have seen cars driving around the Seattle area with oversized, hot pink moustaches on their front grills. Those moustaches are trademarks for a new car service company called Lyft, one of several ride-sharing services now operating in the city. Think of them like Airbnb, but with a car and a driver. Lyft, Uber X and Sidecar allow laypeople to use their own cars and act as cabbies. The services are expanding in Seattle, and they’re drawing increased scrutiny from the cab industry, as well as from regulators and policymakers. Some officials say the businesses are illegal.<br> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 23:23:57 +0000 Derek Wang 14567 at http://kuow.org Ride Sharing Creates Turmoil For Car Service Businesses King County Plans To Close Kent Bridge Earlier Than Scheduled http://kuow.org/post/king-county-plans-close-kent-bridge-earlier-scheduled <p><em>Correction 6/4/2013:&nbsp;A previous version of this story had a typographical error. The bridge is scheduled to be closed June 5, not June 6.</em></p><p>King County plans to close an old bridge near Kent earlier than originally scheduled, officials said Monday.</p><p>The <a href="http://your.kingcounty.gov/kcdot/roads/cip/ProjectDetail.aspx?CIPID=300810">Alvord T. Bridge</a> is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It’s the first such closure since last month’s I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:58:16 +0000 Derek Wang 14260 at http://kuow.org King County Plans To Close Kent Bridge Earlier Than Scheduled New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion http://kuow.org/post/new-details-seattle-streetcar-expansion <p>New streetcars might be running through downtown Seattle in a few years, under a plan announced Monday by Mayor Mike McGinn. The new route would be a link between <a href="http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/slu.htm">the existing streetcar route in&nbsp; South Lake Union</a>, and the <a href="http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm">one under construction that will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and Pioneer Square</a>. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 23:02:20 +0000 Derek Wang 14249 at http://kuow.org New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority http://kuow.org/post/inslee-temporary-i-5-bridge-replacement-state-s-top-priority <p>Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week, according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/8844817115/">temporary replacement </a>in June, and a permanent fix in September.</p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 19:17:04 +0000 Derek Wang 13792 at http://kuow.org Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority